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A Generation’s Worth – Come of Age: Meditations from the World Tree Withered – March 13, 2021
March 13, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Come of Age: Meditations from the World Tree Withered
“Getting older is inevitable, becoming an elder is a skill.”
The sages seem to be departing. Elections enthrone Change, that’s all. The tribal lines deepen. And there’s the weather, and the waters. The appearance of it all is this: We’d rather be defeated than persuaded. Perhaps we will be.
You know it: there’s a rift between the generations that may not brook healing now. The old deal was: respect your elders, and they’ll give you reasons beyond reason to do so. But that deal is all but off. But if you cast down all that came before you, you write the epitaph to come of your generation.
Elders are a sentinel species for humanness, and like other forms of life in our corner of the world they’ve mysteriously gone missing. Young people are, often involuntarily, looking for them, and they can’t find them. How about this: old people are looking for them too. Because something happened. Something happened to ancestors and elders and honour. There’s work to be done, and there’s an old wisdom to be learned where there used to be the wisdom of old.”
This is a session at the foot of the withering World Tree, for young folk and old folk, for elders in training.
This is a livestream talk. Ticket holders will be invited to submit questions in advance through an online form. These questions will be read and considered, and a selection of them will be asked of Stephen Jenkinson by a small in house audience. A live-from-the-floor video will be streamed to ticket holders using Zoom. Further details, links, question form, etc. will be sent to all ticket holders in a confirmation email. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of that email to see the links.
A technical note:
You’ve had a ton of “content” rammed your way these last months with just about every presenter tricked out in the latest broadcasting trinketry. That’s done something to expectations. This winter, health considerations are obliging me southwards. Because of that, this series will be conducted across iffy wiring, leaning on rural internet reliability — not the high voltage and velocity that is becoming commonplace in the metropolitan centres. We ask for your patience. This series is about ideas, not production values; citizenship, not cyberspace.